Video: See lightning at a ridiculous 1000 fps
Captured mostly with a Phantom Flex4K slow-motion camera at 1,000fps, DP Dustin Farrell's incredible storm chasing video is the result of more than 20,000 miles (32,000km) of travel.
The video, called Transient, is a 3-minute compilation of Farrell's best storm chasing shots from the 2017 season whittled down from a massive 10TB of footage. Yet as he says in the description, the shooting process is relatively straightforward:
"The Phantom Flex4K is a camera that must be post triggered while shooting high speed. This works out well for capturing lightning because the camera is always recording and rewriting to internal ram.
As soon as a bolt appears in my view finder I trigger the camera to save what has been stored in the ram. Shooting at high frame rates requires a lot of light. Therefore, I mostly used my Zeiss Otus 28, 55, and 85mm lenses wide open at f1.4."
However easy the capturing of the lightning may have been, the project itself was uniquely challenging:
"This is one of the most difficult projects I have ever attempted in my career [...] Chasing storms with a Phantom Flex4K is stressful even when things are going well. There were at least 10 days where I returned home with my tail between my legs and nothing to show after a ten hour chase and 500 miles. There were also a couple of days that I drove home with an ear to ear smile that lasted for hours."